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Donziger Ramps Up Effort to Delay or Dismiss Looming Criminal Contempt Trial- Law.com

Date: Sep 3, 2020

As the Sept. 9 contempt-of-court criminal trial of Steven Donziger approaches, the controversial lawyer has intensified his battle against the court-appointed special prosecutor in the case, the civil RICO-case judge who leveled the criminal charges against him, and the Southern District of New York federal judge presiding over the looming bench trial.

He is flooding both the federal trial court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with filings, arguments, accusations and pleas for a delay or dismissal of a trial that could land him in prison for up to six months.

Donziger, the environmental lawyer known for his longstanding and bitter legal battles with Chevron—which have included him in 2011 winning an $8.6 billion judgment against the energy company in Ecuador—has used a raft of court filings to most pointedly mount a campaign against the RICO case judge, Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York, and the criminal contempt special prosecutor appointed by Kaplan, senior litigation partner Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel.

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